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Jewellery Art & Design exhibition showcases new talent

Posted on May 2, 2016

Vancouver Community College’s jewellery art & design program opens its 28th annual student exhibition with a gala event on Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Atrium of the Downtown campus at 250 W. Pender St. The exhibition continues until Friday, June 10.

Every year, students from both classes of this two-year program are given a display case each to show the work that they have created in the final months of the semester. Along with five to ten pieces of jewellery, each student creates a display to go along with the theme of their designs. The result is a display of 35 little worlds, each enclosed in a plexiglass cube, each displaying the unique perspective of the student who created it.

This year, in addition to classic and contemporary jewellery designs, the show will include several handmade silver bowls, knives and cutlery, jewellery made from non-traditional materials such as steel and found objects, and even some body armour.

Every year, the gala opening event is a who’s who of young designers, business owners, alumni, and jewellery business professionals. This year, renowned local jewellery design firm Pyrrha will be on hand to present a brand new award of one year’s tuition to one lucky first year student. The event is open to the public, includes a cash bar, and a number of other awards are presented to top students from the program.

VCC’s unique two-year diploma program offers a hands-on learning experience in the design and fabrication of jewellery. Running since 1988, the program has produced a number of successful jewellery designers, including the owners of local businesses Era Design, Aurum Argentum, Hammered & Pickled, and Tiny Finery.

For further information on the jewellery art & design grad show, please contact Karin Jones, Acting Department Head, Jewellery Art & Design.

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Interested in learning more about jewellery art & design at VCC? Read more about the program or attend an upcoming info session.